Rangers Lose In Final
Written by: Randy Ranger
Saturday, June 21, 2008
The Rangers reign as champions and stellar season came to an end at Plaisted today when they dropped a well-played game to a well-coached A's team that rode outstanding pitching and defense to their first CELL championship. Riding the strong starting pitching of Henry and solid defense, including a short-hop stop by Austin at short and short-hop scoop at first by Eddie to retire the first batter of the game, the Rangers held the high-scoring A's to just three runs in the game. Unfortunately, they could not generate enough offense of their own to answer back, being shutout for the first time all year. Any hard-hit balls they had were seemingly right at A's defenders who played solid defense and made the plays. Keeping it close defensively, the Rangers were able to get the tying run to the plate in Jack in the bottom of the sixth. On a two-strike count, the big lefty hammered a line drive to center that looked like it might fall in. But the A's centerfielder made a nice catch and doubled up the runner at second to end the game and the Rangers' season.
The Rangers capped a succesful season with their third championship weekend appearance in as many years, an impressive feat considering their loss of four key players from last year's team. The fact they were as successful as they were this season speaks volumes about the leadership of their veterans, Henry, Jackson and Austin, and the talent of their newcomers, Harry, Jay, Matt and Nate, as well as the continuing development of their returning players Aaron, Curtis, Jack, Kevin and Eddie all of whom will return next year.
The Rangers coaching staff wishes to extend a congratulations to the A's on their fine season and championship. They also wish to thank the parents of the players for their wonderful support of the team this season. The success of the team was in large part due to their hours of hard work and dedication that parents put in assisting with concessions, practices and field preparation and maintenance.
The Rangers will look to rebound, reload and return for the 2009 season ready to challenge the A's and the other teams in CELL.